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Thursday, April 11

10:15am CDT

The Many Faces of PBL: Teacher-led, Student-led, STEM, Multi-age, Infusing ELA, and More!
We have been on an ever-evolving project-based learning journey, and that means our project process is constantly changing, too. This session will tell the story of how we went from single-subject, teacher-led PBL to multi-age, interdisciplinary (science, social studies, and ELA), student-led, STEM-infused PBL, with many iterations in between! We will share our website, project documents, examples, and assessment rubrics, along with the many successes and struggles encountered on the way.

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Alex Agar-Pratt

Riverside STEM Academy - Watertown Unified School District
This fall marks my 6th year as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. I have previously taught 7th and 8th grade science and helped develop the Riverside STEM Academy. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education from UW-Madison. Currently, I am earning my Master... Read More →
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Bryan Bremberger

Riverside STEM Academy - Watertown Unified School District
I am currently in my 13th year as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. Prior to this year, I taught 8th grade science and helped start the Riverside STEM Academy in 2015. I am a proud graduate of Ripon College where I obtained a degree in Science and Education. Additionally, I have... Read More →

Tressa Smail

Riverside STEM Academy - Watertown Unified School District
This is my 12th year as an English Language Arts teacher. I came to teaching after being a commercial photographer in Milwaukee for six years. I enjoyed it, but I was looking for a way to be a positive influence for young people and help them love learning as much as I do. I worked... Read More →

Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Tundra E/F

2:15pm CDT

Creating a Mt. Bike Team for your School - A Great Solution for Schools Without Many Extracurricular Activities
If your school is lacking some of the extracurricular opportunities of other schools or if you have students that are just really excited about mt. biking and don't have the outlet for their trail enthusiasm, then come join me as I describe how easy it is to join the Wisconsin High School Cycling League and you, parents or other interested adults in your community can become coaches. I will explain the easy and well developed steps of starting a team, tapping into coaching resources, how much fun the race weekends are for kids and answer any other logistical questions you may have. This is open to middle school and high school.

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Aaron Walczak

Teacher, Wildlands School
Aaron Walczak graduated from the University of Eau Claire Wisconsin in geology and worked as an environmental consultant in St. Paul, MN for 7 years. He then completed his Masters in Science Education with an emphasis in Earth Sciences and Physics. Aaron has been teaching science... Read More →

Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT

2:15pm CDT

Promote Engagement with Design Thinking
We are excited to share how we collaborated to develop a learning experience that embraced design thinking in International Relations, American Culture through Music and Engineering classes. What we learned can be applied to learning in any class that embraces real world problem solving. This work grew from what we learned as we participated in an action research group to better understand and implement design thinking.


Alina Slipchuk

Social Studies, Sun Prairie High School
Alina is a new educator, who has previously worked in the field of diplomacy. Before moving to Wisconsin to pursue a Master's degree, she worked and lived in China, Ukraine, UK and Russia. Her past experiences influence her classroom on the daily basis.
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Joanne Sobolik

Sun Prairie High School
Joanne has been a teacher for more than twenty years. She has taught in Texas and Wisconsin, in middle school and in high school, in the classroom and in the library media center. As she has become more experienced as an educator, she has embraced the importance of change and innovation... Read More →

Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Tundra C/D

2:15pm CDT

Strategies to Increase Hope and Engagement (with students and staff)
Research shows that the presence of hope and high engagement in students are better predictors of grades than standardized tests. By measuring hope and engagement your team will be prepared to create focused strategies that result in dramatic improvements in school climate and culture. Social/emotional indicators like Engagement, Academic Press, Goal Orientation, Autonomy, Belonging and Hope will be examined. Strategies utilizing a practical teaming model for students and staff will be explored.

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Mark Larson, PhD

Director Hope Survey, Hope Survey
Dr. Mark Larson has over 30 years experience working with educational practitioners and leaders improving schools. Mark has been a successful teacher, principal, and superintendent who has expertise with innovation, human centered design, and strategies/interventions to increase student... Read More →
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Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development & New School Development, EdVisions
“Over the years I have been compelled to study and participate in personal learning plans. As I learned the value of my own PLP I began to experience the benefits for myself, the students I work with, my family, and friends. My intent is to identify and share these benefits through... Read More →

Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Sandstone 8/9
Friday, April 12

9:45am CDT

Orienting New Students to a Project Based Learning Environment
Every year our project-based school adds 15-20 new students many who have never done project-based learning before. Through mentoring, seminars, individual coaching and small group modeling, we orient new students to be successful independent learners. We'll take you through what we do and then leave plenty of time for questions.

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Holly Buell

Social Studies Specialist and Advisor, Endeavor Charter School- Watertown Unified School District
Holly Buell is the Social Studies Specialist at Endeavor Charter School. She is also an Advisor and acts as the Community Service Coordinator.

Rob Harms

Watertown Unified School District
Rob Harms is a veteran teacher. During his time in Endeavor he has been the science specialist and an advisor.
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Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Endeavor
Mrs. Mueller has served as the lead teacher and as an advisor at Endeavor since it opened in 2014. She had 16 years of English, public speaking and reading teaching experience in the traditional classroombefore moving to Endeavor.

Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am CDT
Tundra A/B

11:15am CDT

Rekindling Our Hope: Working with At-Risk Populations
Just because students struggle with a variety of "at-risk" behaviors does not mean that they can't be successful at school. We will share stories of successes and triumphs with students whom other schools have written off or thrown away. Using Northwest Passage High Schools philosophy of relationship building, long-term advisories, student voice & choice, and experiential learning we will provide examples and demonstrations of ways to support some of the most difficult students to education. Please come with an open mind and an open heart, and be prepared to share your successes and struggles.

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Brandi Greer

Northwest Passage High School #4049
Brandi has been an Art Teacher and Advisory at Northwest Passage H.S. for 17 years. Brandi is a leader in the world of art, assisting students to complete unique multi-curricular art pieces in a project-based learning environment. Additionally, Brandi serves in a multitude of different... Read More →
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Peter Wieczorek

Executive Director, Northwest Passage High School #4049
I am the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. I am a passionate advocate of Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Expeditionary Learning, and Technology Integration. I am a Dad, a teacher, a youth worker, administrator, explorer, part-time Jedi Master... Read More →

Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra A/B

1:30pm CDT

As We See It: Students’ Perspectives on Self-Reflection and Assessment
One of the most important attributes of a purposeful student is the desire to grow through reflection. Integrating self-assessment into education empowers us to take pride in the strengths of our work and identify areas for growth. For most, self assessment builds confidence and motivation to improve! We critique ourselves and welcome feedback from others. Join us in an active discussion to explore how we, as students, embrace and take ownership of our self-assessment.


Ella DeMay

Valley New School
Valley New School has encouraged me to explore my interests and develop as a person. I enjoy learning about social issues and sustainability from a global perspective. Outside of these interests, I enjoy basketball, cookies, travel, and spending time with friends and family.

Keanna Schulz

Valley New School
As a Valley New School student, I thrive in an environment of individualized learners and a close-knit community. With support from my advisors and peers, I have learned to become the driver of my education through a Personal Learning Plan. My PLP outlines both my academic and personal... Read More →

Jared Truehart

I am in 11th grade and attend Valley New School. I have done a multitude of projects--including cooking, mythical creatures, and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Some of my interests include video games and hanging out with friends.

Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Glacier C/D

1:30pm CDT

Exploring Our World: Inclusive Field Studies and Expeditions
Northwest Passage High School leads 15-20 overnight learning expeditions each year for students of all abilities. Additionally, out of school field studies and research projects are a daily occurrence. Leah and Jason will share strategies for including all students, regardless of ability and need, in a wide variety of out of school experiences.

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Val Miller

Teacher/Advisor, Northwest Passage High School #4049
Although I claim many roles, I am primarily a teacher/advisor at Northwest Passage High School in Minnesota.  My specialties are special education, project-based learning, and place-based learning.  I’d like to think that my role in education is to disrupt the status quo of our... Read More →

Jason Olson

Northwest Passage High School #4049
Jason is a Math teacher and advisor. He also serves as the NWPHS school board chair and expedition coordinator. Jason leads 4-5 overnight learning expeditions each school year while helping manage the rest of the schools trips. Jason strives to make math accessible to all learners... Read More →

Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Glacier A/B